Intellectual mystery tour

A maverick view of science
by
April 2021, no. 430
Buy this book

The Knowledge Machine: How an unreasonable idea created modern science by Michael Strevens

Allen Lane, $49.99 hb, 368 pp

Intellectual mystery tour

A maverick view of science
by
April 2021, no. 430

If you have ever wondered about the imaginative, wondrous side of science – for instance, how Einstein used maths to predict the existence of gravitational waves, or how a metaphor led to the astonishing discovery that the spinning earth drags space-time around it like molasses around a spoon, this is not the book for you. But if you want to know why scientists had the patience to keep refining their experiments until they detected this barely perceptible rippling of space-time, or why they have the kind of grit made legendary by Marie and Pierre Curie, sifting through tonnes of pitchblende for a speck of radium, you will find an intriguing, bold, and controversial answer in The Knowledge Machine.

Robyn Arianrhod reviews 'The Knowledge Machine: How an unreasonable idea created modern science' by Michael Strevens

The Knowledge Machine: How an unreasonable idea created modern science

by Michael Strevens

Allen Lane, $49.99 hb, 368 pp

Buy this book

From the New Issue

You May Also Like

Leave a comment

If you are an ABR subscriber, you will need to sign in to post a comment.

If you have forgotten your sign in details, or if you receive an error message when trying to submit your comment, please email your comment (and the name of the article to which it relates) to ABR Comments. We will review your comment and, subject to approval, we will post it under your name.

Please note that all comments must be approved by ABR and comply with our Terms & Conditions.